Alan MacLeod

Alan MacLeod

Alan MacLeod is a member of the Glasgow University Media Group. He is author of "Bad News From Venezuela: 20 Years of Fake News and Misreporting." His latest book, Propaganda in the Information Age: Still Manufacturing Consent, was published by Routledge in May 2019. Follow him on Twitter: @AlanRMacLeod

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Donald Trump's Twitter account displayed on a mobile phone screen next to a vinyl doll which features the U.S. President Donald Trump, seen in front of the U.S. flag, on Saturday, 9 January 2021, in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo: Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images) Views
Sunday, January 17, 2021
Trump’s Social Media Ban May Be Justified, But That Doesn’t Mean Power of Big Tech Isn’t Dangerous
In the wake of the dramatic storming of the Capitol last week, a host of big media companies, including Facebook , Reddit , Pinterest , Twitch , YouTube , Snapchat , Instagram and TikTok , have all taken measures against Donald Trump. Making the most headlines, however, was the decision of the...
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Members of Metro D.C. Socialists hold a Christmas morning protest asking "Santa Claus" to deliver coal to Congress, while demanding a $2,000 per month check, at the U.S. Capitol on Friday, Dec. 25, 2020. Views
Saturday, January 09, 2021
Billionaire-Owned Media Look Out for Neediest by Demanding They Get No More Money
A lot of extremely rich people seem to be against the idea of giving money to the rest of us. In recent weeks, as the US continues to flounder amidst a surging Covid-19 epidemic, a wide range of political figures, from Bernie Sanders to Donald Trump, have come out in support of a one-time $2,000...
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A protest in Washington, D.C. on October 8, 2018 against the Saudi murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. (Photo: AFP/Getty Images) Views
Saturday, December 26, 2020
‘Freedom Is Blossoming’: After Dismembering a Journalist, Saudi Arabia Goes on a PR Spree
"Freedom is blossoming." That is how, without a shred of irony, CNN International Diplomatic Editor Nic Robertson describes Saudi Arabia in his recent article ( CNN , 12/5/20 ). Visiting the kingdom, he informs us, it has "changed beyond recognition" since his last stay. All around him, there was "...
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That so much of the media are so dead set against the idea suggests whose interests they really serve. (Photo: Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images) Views
Friday, October 23, 2020
Media Outlets Owned by Billionaires Very Quick to Tell Readers Taxing the Rich Is Bad Idea
The coronavirus pandemic has greatly increased wealth inequality in the United States, a key issue in the upcoming presidential election. Polls are currently looking good for the Democrats, many of whom have been murmuring about—or even demanding—a new wealth tax. Recent surveys show the idea is...
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Protestors wear "#FREEASSANGE" face masks outside Belmarsh prison prior to Julian Assange's extradition hearing on February 24, 2020 in London. Views
Saturday, September 26, 2020
Julian Assange: Press Shows Little Interest in Media ‘Trial of Century’
Labeled the media “trial of the century,” WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s extradition hearing is currently taking place in London—although you might not have heard if you’re relying solely on corporate media for news. If extradited, Assange faces 175 years in a Colorado supermax prison , often...
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Sunday, August 02, 2020
Media's "Cancel Culture" Debate Obscures Direct Threats to First Amendment
A short and rather vaguely worded open letter published in Harper's Magazine ( 7/7/20 ) earlier this month caused an unlikely media storm that continues to rumble on. Glossing over right-wing threats to the First Amendment, the letter, signed by 150 writers, journalists and other public figures,...
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Resisting the reopening of schools on the basis that the White House press secretary misspoke represents a lost opportunity to actually oppose the administration’s scandalously poor handling of the coronavirus, and the dangerous, genuinely anti-science decision to force through reopening in the height of a pandemic. (Photo: Screenshot) Views
Wednesday, July 22, 2020
How NOT to Resist Trump: Kayleigh McEnany’s Anti-Science Comments
Media, particularly those who have made a habit of rhetorically opposing Donald Trump for the past four years, were awash last week with White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany’s controversial statements on reopening public schools in the middle of a pandemic. For example: “McEnany on School...
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MSNBC Graphic (1/3/20) celebrating female heads of weapon-making corporations and military agencies. Views
Monday, June 29, 2020
Bombing People Is Not Feminist, No Matter How You Spin It
Have you heard the good news, ladies? You too can bomb the Middle East! Some corporate media have recently been taken with the “inspirational” story of Emily Thompson, the first woman to pilot the super-costly F-35 jet in combat. At an unspecified time earlier this month, Thompson took off from her...
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Sunday, June 07, 2020
Media Downplay Global South Leadership on Covid-19
Amid the Trump administration’s calamitous response to the Covid-19 pandemic, media have been looking to other countries for inspiration in responsible leadership during a period of crisis. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden has been one popular pick, having capably managed to limit the...
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Unfortunately, for journalists stuck in a corporate media system that promotes deference to authority and finds equivalency even when there is none, the president’s dangerous ramblings need to be treated as legitimate and worthy of discussion, even in apparently adversarial media. (Photo: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, April 29, 2020
Both Sides-ing Bleach Injection: Media in the Era of an Incompetent President
You probably saw Donald Trump’s ridiculous, false and deadly claim last week: that ingesting chemical cleaners could cure humans of the coronavirus. At a White House press briefing on Thursday ( 4/23/20 ), the president said: I see disinfectant, where it knocks it [coronavirus] out in a minute—one...
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